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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245596
Last updated: 25 September 2021
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Time:c. 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA40NG Diamond Star
Owner/operator:L3 CTS Airline and Academy Training Ltd
Registration: G-CTSB
MSN: 40.N283
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cranfield Airport (EGTC), Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Cranfield Airport (EGTC)
Destination airport:Bournemouth International Airport (BOH/EGHH)
A Diamond DA40NG Diamond Star crashed off at the end of runway 21 at Cranfield Airport (EGTC) at approximately 09:00. The pilot was taken to hospital. According to an eywitness report on the "PPrune" forum (see link #1):

"Can confirm accident occurred Saturday around 9am at the end of [Runway] 22 and off to starboard. Diamond tail section was off and upside down and one wing appeared detached. Pure speculation on cause but maybe engine out and strong crosswinds flipped. Alternatively may have veered off and nose wheel dug into mud causing her to flip. Air amublance was there a long time before leaving."

"Sources close to L3 CTS Airline and Academy Training Ltd have, however, shed some light on this accident, clearly hearsay, although the company was allowed to conduct its own investigation. The aircraft had on board at the time of the accident just one pilot who was a company instructor. Fortunately he survived the accident.

It seems that the aircraft stalled and appeared to spin in immediately after rotation. The aircraft lost a wing, its tail and came to rest facing the direction it had come from. It has been reported that there was a cargo of TKS fluid dispersed around the cabin, unsecured, in 6 x 20-25 litre drums. Weight, weight shift and CG issues come to mind."

"TKS comes in 20 litre can/cartons - 6 of those would be 120 litres or about 130kg. With a 70-80kg pilot alone in the front and 130kg in the back seats then the CG would be borderline, that is assuming no other odds and ends in the baggage area. If one applied a 'normal' control input on rotation in that configuration, not having given the aft CG much thought, then one can understand why the events that (allegedly) occurred, unfolded".

It is believed the aircraft was being flown to Bournemouth Airport by a flight instructor. The pilot was scheduled to fly the aircraft to Bournemouth and was reported to be carrying, on request, 120 litres of TKS fluid in 6 barrels in the cockpit. The cargo, classified as dangerous goods, was reported to be unsecured. As a result of the incident Cranfield Airport issued a NOTAM that the airport would be closed until 10:00am LT on Monday, December 14 [2020]

Weather at the time of departure:
EGTC 120920Z 27010KT 9999 BKN007 07/07 Q0997


3. (photo)



G-CTSB (41765867092)


Photo of G-CTSB courtesy

Bournemouth - International (EGHH / BOH)
29 August 2019; (c) Howard J Curtis

Revision history:

13-Dec-2020 13:26 Anon. Added
13-Dec-2020 13:30 harro Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 15:33 Anon. Updated [Registration, Operator, Source]
13-Dec-2020 15:33 harro Updated [Registration, Other fatalities]
13-Dec-2020 15:48 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 16:49 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Nature, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 17:21 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 19:54 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 19:58 RobertMB Updated [Nature]
14-Dec-2020 17:47 GG Updated [Narrative]
15-Dec-2020 20:03 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-Dec-2020 19:37 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
23-May-2021 15:30 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
28-Jul-2021 14:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Category]
28-Jul-2021 15:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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